Dr. Edward Turley

Dr. Edward Turley passed away on September 29, 2022 at the age of 70. Dr. Turley joined the music faculty of the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University in 1981 and was an active soloist, accompanist, clinician and adjudicator throughout the upper Midwest. During his tenure at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University he served as instructor in piano, piano literature, piano pedagogy, and developed a special area of interest in teaching courses for the non-major music student. He was the recipient of the Sister Mary Grell Teacher of Distinction Award in 1996. He has also served as chair of the CSB/SJU Music Department from 1994-1998, 2001-2013 and 2016-2019.

“I consider teaching to be a wonderful, exciting and engaging discipline. Our musical talent is a gift and each of us brings a very different background, personal experiences, strengths and technical challenges. We are all unified by our love for human artistic creativity, the personal devotion that study and performance demands from ourselves, and the power of musical communication that comes to us from great composers working within their individual styles and time periods. Our job as piano teachers is to facilitate and support each person’s pursuit of these lofty ideals and to pass on the performance and creative musical heritage of our great piano art tradition.”
– Dr. Edward Turley

Dr. Turley was dedicated to collaborative music. Throughout his career he collaborated with talented music faculty on Pastiche, Faculty Recitals, Ensemble Concerts and Competitions and Recitals with students. It was a marketable skill that he felt all pianists should possess. In his honor, his wife and collaborative musical partner, Dr. Carolyn Finley, has endowed The Edward Turley Collaborative Piano Scholarship. This scholarship will provide scholarships to undergraduate students at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University.

Ed Turley
Dr. Edward Turley, professor
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Dr. Amy Grinsteiner
Chair, Music Department


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Kelly Brueske
Coordinator, Music Department


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